James Harden's initial reaction when he found out that he had been traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets was likely one of disappointment.
After all, the Rockets aren't anywhere near being championship contenders, and OKC, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, had the potential to be a dynasty in the making in the Western Conference.
However, after two regular season games, you can be sure Harden doesn't have the same feeling about the deal anymore.
In Oklahoma City (and with Team USA), Harden was a role player, coming off the bench to add scoring when the team needed it, making open threes and being the difference between a good team and a great one.
Now, with Houston, he is the difference between a horrible team and an exciting one. Harden's Rockets may not even make the playoffs this year, but with Harden and Jeremy Lin in the backcourt, one thing for sure is they will be fun to watch.
Two games into the season, Harden is averaging a measly 41 points per game to go along with seven assists after dropping 37 and 45 against Detroit and Atlanta.
Now that he has a team where he can dominate the ball, James Harden can finally do what he could never do with the Thunder: become a superstar.
Harden isn't going to average 40 all season long, but he is capable of going off at any time, especially getting the shots he will get in Houston's offense.
The Rockets won't win immediately with Harden, but they may have found the cornerstone of their roster for years to come.